Chief Executive Newsletter Updates

The Farmers Club Newsletter – No. 40 – May 2022

The newsletter comes to you a little early this week as both the Chairman and myself travel to Belfast for the pre-Balmoral Show Dinner (10th), followed by the show on the next day (11th). We then fly back to Southampton to embark on the Club visit to the ‘Royal Navy Through the Ages’ Tour (12th-13th). This will mean that we will both be away for the Funeral Service of Lord Henry Plumb, so Mr Meurig Raymond, our Club Vice Chairman, will represent the Club at the service. 
Work on the various floors of the Club following the December flood is now well underway and by the end of this week, the Still Room, Jelle’s office and the corridor outside it should be fitted out, decorated and ready to be set to work. In the team changing rooms in the basement, most of the plaster has now been brought back to the superstructure of the building and re-rendering/damp-proofing will begin shortly. 
Can I just gently remind members that the luggage room is for short use storage of luggage and items whilst members are staying here. Although we have had a major sorting out of the luggage room only 3 months ago, followed by its re-decoration, I have noticed that it is already full with a large number of items that have been there for some weeks. To be fair to those members who are trying to use the facility when they are here, please try to avoid leaving your items in the luggage room for long periods of time, then everyone can use it when they need it. Thank you.
Whilst I appreciate that we can all forget to hand in our keys on checking out occasionally, we are hitting a few problems at the moment with several keys missing, not handed back etc. Could I ask all members who stay to hand your keys back to our Reception when you depart. On those occasions when you have to leave the Club very early in the morning or late at night when our Reception is unmanned, you can leave your keys with the Whitehall Court Porters at the desk in the No.3 entrance.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Places on some of our previous events which had sold out have now become available whilst others could do with some support as they are approaching fast.  You can book on to them on the website here or email Anita direct.

Please see a full list of events and book your places here.


Drinks Reception at Royal Bath & West Show  
Date: Thursday 2nd June 2022    
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm 
Venue: Sponsors Lounge 
Speaker: tbc    
Price: £10.00 pp

Drinks Reception at Royal Cornwall Show
Date: Thursday 9th June 2022    
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm 
Venue: President’s Pavilion
Speaker: tbc
Price: £10.00 pp

Drinks Reception at Royal Three Counties Show
Date: Friday 17th June 2022
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm 
Venue: The Agri Theatre
Speaker: tbc         
Price: £10.00 pp

Drinks Reception at Devon County Show
Date: Thursday 30th June 2022     
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm 
Venue: Young Farmers Pavilion 
Speaker: tbc    
Price: £10.00 pp

Drinks Reception at Royal Welsh Show 
Date: Monday 18th July 2022
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm (exact timing tbc)
Venue: tbc
Speaker: Mr Andrew Slade, Director General, Economy, Skills and Natural Resources, Welsh Government.         
Price: £10.00 pp

Please book your places on our website at
Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for Club purposes. If you prefer not to be included, please let Anita know before the event.
Please note that once you have booked onto the event, you will incur a 100% cancellation charge if tickets cannot be resold.

N.B. Schedule and price is subject to change.

I’m really looking forward to meeting many of our members in Northern Ireland, for the first time in almost 3 years, getting to our first show of 2022 and a welcome return to the Balmoral showground. 
The Club is exceptionally vibrant at present and members seem to be enjoying the food, their stay and more recently, sunny days on the terrace. I am hopeful this drumbeat will continue in the lead-up to the Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London at the beginning of June. Please watch out later this week for an email explaining the services that we will be providing over that extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Best regards

Andrei Spence